Business and Economy

An image of a man wiping down a large array of solar panels.
U.S. Department of Energy

Solar jobs are up across the U.S., after two consecutive years of declines. But that growth is mixed in our region.

According to the latest report from the nonprofit solar energy advocate, The Solar Foundation, more than 5,600 solar jobs were added last year.

An image showing a view of a lithium mine operation from space.
NASA

The nation’s largest known lithium deposit is here in the Mountain West. As demand for electric vehicles grows — and with it demand for lithium, used to make EV batteries — one company hopes to harvest the mineral from that deposit in Northern Nevada.

An up-close view of the coronavirus.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Thousands of cases of the coronavirus have been reported worldwide, with most occurring in China. However, the outbreak is sure to have big economic impacts in the U.S.

An image of a copper plant in Nevada.
Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology / Nevada Division of Minerals

When it comes to economic development, much of the attention goes to big cities, but some rural areas in Nevada are also attracting big names.

That was one of the main points at the annual Winnemucca Futures, a networking and learning event to talk about the economy and business.


April Poley is a broker and real estate agent in Gillette, Wyoming. Lately she's been getting a lot of her potential clients through a business called Conservative Move.

Tech startups have been migrating into cities all around the Mountain West, from Denver to Salt Lake to Boise.


Mike Kazmierski stands on stage to give a presentation.
Kaleb M. Roedel / Nevada News Group

Nevada is one of the fastest growing states in the country, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, but that growth comes with challenges.

Reno, Nevada was ranked first overall as the top performing metro area in 2019, according to Area Development magazine.
Jana Sayson / KUNR Public Radio

The Mountain West is home to some of the top performing metro economies in 2019, according to a recent report by Area Development magazine, a publication focused on corporate site selection.

Topping the magazine’s overall rankings is Reno, Nevada, which, as the report notes, boasts a total employment rate more than triple the national average.

New research shows that you don’t need a big population to foster innovation.

 


Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Over the last five years, the Mountain West as a whole has experienced a spike in population, while at the same time every state in the region saw a decrease in the number of people living in poverty, according to the latest numbers from the U.S. Census Bureau.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

The U.S. economy has been growing at a steady pace for years. But on the county level, across the country and especially in the Mountain West, changes in gross domestic product, or GDP, vary widely.

The United States added more than 200,000 jobs last month, according to the latest report from the Bureau of Labor Statistics. While wages and jobs are growing in the Mountain West, they aren’t outpacing the skyrocketing cost of housing. 

It's already been a noteworthy season for Steamboat Ski Resort in Northern Colorado. In October alone, the mountain saw 63 inches of snow, a record high. And that's why the resort's Loryn Duke said it was an easy decision to open on November 15it's earliest opening ever.

Tim Gouw / Unsplash

U.S. household debt is on the rise again. And states in the Mountain West are seeing some of the highest levels in the country.

There's been a lot of criticism of the Bureau of Land Management’s plan to move hundreds of positions from Washington D.C. to Western states. But the agency’s acting director is giving a new reason for the move.

William Perry Pendley told the Mountain West News Bureau that it’ll be easier to hire people in the West in part because people want to live here.

An industry trade group says uphill skiing is one of the fastest growing snow sports in the country, especially in the Mountain West.

A mountain goat, the basis for the Backcountry.com logo
Glacier National Park

After filing trademark protections last year, the Utah-based e-commerce giant Backcountry.com has filed several lawsuits against organizations with the word “backcountry” in their names.

Drew Eggers stood at the edge of one of his stubble fields when he plucked a patch of mint left over from harvest.

“You can smell the spearmint,” he said, offering it up for a sniff.


The University of Colorado Boulder Folsom Field
The University of Colorado Boulder

States in the Mountain West could follow California’s lead in allowing student-athletes to seek sponsorships and other business deals while in college.

U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis

Personal income is on the rise across the country, and some of the biggest increases are in Mountain West states, according to data published last week by the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.

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